By Sports Focus Reporter
Vodacom League’s Baroka FC will face Kaizer Chiefs in the quarterfinal round of the Nedbank Cup and their captain Lantshene Phalane could not contain his excitement at facing another Soweto team.
Baroka knocked Moroka Swallows out in the last-16 round and Phalane is confident they can do it against Chiefs as well.
“This is what we wanted. I am really excited, we all are,” he said while texting team-mates in Polokwane. This is a big game for us and we are excited for this chance to play Chiefs. They’re a very big team and we all know about them, so it will be exciting.”
Chiefs thrashed Bidvest Wits 4-0 in their last-16 clash but the 21-year old believes that won’t happen against them.
“They played really well and deserved to win, but I don’t think that will happen to us. We will be ready for them. Just like they have quick players we also have that. Our players will not be intimidated, we’ll take them on,” the anchorman said.
Free State Stars goalie and captain Kennedy Mweene said Orlando Pirates home ground advantage does not faze him as Cup matches are about who wants it more.
“We want to go all the way in this competition, so whether it’s at home or away it does not matter. They may have the advantage but we won’t think too much of that,” he said.
“We know them; we have faced them before so preparing for them is not a problem. On the day it’s about who wants it more.”
The dates and venues will be confirmed later this week, below is the quarterfinal draw.
Black Leopards versus Vasco Da Gama
AmaZulu versus MP Black Aces
Orlando Pirates versus Free State Stars
Baroka FC versus Kaizer Chiefs